Friends Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin Have Been Supporting Each Other Since 1977

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Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin share one of Hollywood’s oldest friendships. The duo first met in 1977, and their connection soon turned into an onscreen collaboration in the seminal feminist comedy “9 to 5.” The pair have remained very close friends through the years and decided to work together again in Netflix’s long-running hit comedy series “Grace and Frankie,” which ended in 2022 after seven seasons.

“We’ve been friends ever since,” Tomlin told the Washington Post in 2017 of their first meeting in 1977, backstage at her one-woman show. “We’re friends because I just love her. I know Jane has my back whenever she can.”

In the same interview, Fonda added that she left Hollywood when she was 50 and came back at 65, and ageism is alive and well – but she and Tomlin fight it together. “And one of the things that Lily and I are proud of – and want to continue with – is showing that you may be old, you may be in your third act, but you can still be vital and sexual and funny . . . that life isn’t over. Even when I was younger, I wanted to give a cultural face to old age,” she said. Fonda also said she wants to see more “good, multidimensional, complex women – of any age, but especially older women” on television.

Fonda and Tomlin have since continued to collaborate on screen. In 2023, they starred in two movies together: “80 For Brady” in February and “Moving On” in March.

Ahead, revisit some of the biggest moments from their friendship!

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